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September 27, 2010

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GOLDCORP CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

A Vancouver community worker and artist says she wants Simon Fraser University to return a $10-million donation from a Vancouver-based mining company. http://at.sfu.ca/TKKhFq

FACULTY/STAFF/STUDENTS

ANDREW PETTER, SFU PRESIDENT

The Washington Post wrote a profile about Vancouver architect Bing Thom, who designed the new Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Referencing Thom’s work with Surrey Central City and the SFU Surrey campus, SFU president Andrew Petter said: "Most developers, and architects, would have looked at that shopping mall and said, 'Let's get rid of it'. To see a university at the heart of that city was really exciting." http://at.sfu.ca/jyjNon

JOHN CLAGUE, CENTRE FOR NATURAL HAZARDS RESEARCH

The Vancouver Sun education reporter Janet Steffenhagen continued the discussion about seismic upgrades for public schools on her blog. SFU’s John Clague argues there is a significant and real risk to B.C. schools that justifies the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on seismic upgrades. http://at.sfu.ca/HRxQBL

KRISHNA PENDAKUR, ECONOMICS

“Combining a nimble mind with a provocative persona, professor Krishna Pendakur has a flair for making his scholarship engaging,” writes Douglas Todd in The Vancouver Sun. Pendakur discusses his “morally loaded” Evilometer, which measures the gaps in earnings between Canadians of different ethnicities. http://at.sfu.ca/DCkZgO

ROB GORDON, CRIMINOLOGY

Reforms to B.C.'s fragmented policing system are being blocked by "raw, blind politics" despite the potential risk to public safety, critics say. "It will take political courage on the part of the provincial government, which has the responsibility for providing the people of this province with a more effective and accountable police service," said SFU’S Rob Gordon. "The government seems to not want to deal with it and they push it back down to the municipalities.” http://at.sfu.ca/QESchK

DUSTIN PAUL, STUDENT

SFU student Dustin Paul has won the Terry Fox Gold Medal for demonstrating courage and dedication in the face of adversity. http://at.sfu.ca/yCArZo

KOURI KEENAN, SFU STUDENT
JOAN BROCKMAN, CRIMINOLOGY

SFU’s Kouri Keenan and Joan Brockman have written a book detailing what’s wrong with undercover sting operations used by the police, reports The Provincehttp://at.sfu.ca/MNFvSf

CAMERON CHEUNG, SFU STUDENT

The Globe and Mail looks into the successes and failures by those who use Craigslist to find activity partners. SFU’s Cameron Cheung found a goalie for his hockey team through the online ad website but he wasn’t exactly Roberto Luongo. http://at.sfu.ca/ajyYoC

RAAKHI SINHA, CONTEMPORARY ARTS

Introduction to Popular Dance is a new course offered at SFU Contemporary Arts and instructor Raakhi Sinha told The Vancouver Sun it is the first bhangra course for credit in Canada, and probably North America. http://at.sfu.ca/QvKCDi

KRIS MAGNUSSON, EDUCATION

Declining student enrolments, tight education budgets and an extraordinary jump in the number of senior citizens still teaching instead of retiring have produced a tougher-than-ever job market for young teachers, experts say. http://at.sfu.ca/obGsHd

ATHLETICS

DAVE JOHNSON, SFU FOOTBALL

The Simon Fraser University football Clan are still looking for their first win of the 2010 season. http://at.sfu.ca/gcIhWy "I thought our guys did a fantastic job of this week of being prepared," said SFU head coach Dave Johnson in The Province. "Guys went out of their way to watch film and go the extra mile after practice." The Province: http://at.sfu.ca/qybarK

SEAN MILLINGTON, SFU FOOTBALL ALUMNUS

Former SFU football and Canadian Football League star Sean Millington was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. “It was pretty exciting,” he told the North Shore News. “It’s a big honour.” http://at.sfu.ca/bmCNwj

QUINTON AGOSTA, SFU FOOTBALL

TV Week’s Joe Leary profiled SFU quarterback Quinton Agosta and provides some insight into the Washington state resident’s decision to play football north of the border. http://at.sfu.ca/XmOBUy

ALSO IN THE NEWS

ANDRE GEROLYMATOS, HELLENIC STUDIES

SFU’s Andre Gerolymatos, respected for his knowledge of foreign affairs, will publish Castles Made of Sand (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, November). It’s about the spy games the U.S. and U.K. have played in the Middle East for the past 100 years.

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